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Small Grants Big Impact

Greater Shepparton Foundation’s annual grants program supports projects delivered in our region that positively impact local people.

Our grants process is twofold. It provides support for many diverse projects delivered to support our community, and it uncovers some of the wonderful work that others are doing to support and provide equal opportunity locally.

When we discover new and wonderful organisations, non-for-profits and social enterprises operating to benefit our community, we often uncover innovative ways to collaborate, support and create impact in areas of need.

One of the twenty recipients of Greater Shepparton Foundation’s 2023 grant round was the Crazy Ideas College (CIC), who sought funding to support their Social Innovators (SI) program for local young people.

The SI program unlocks the imagination, ingenuity and social agency of young people.

The collaboratively funded project will recruit young people from secondary schools in Greater Shepparton and it will be delivered locally in three phases;

1. Young people are engaged and generate crazy good ideas – SI will equip them with the skills, confidence and connections to invent services, programs and products that enrich the lives of those in our community.

2. Young people will collaborate with community to bring these crazy ideas to life – SI transforms the way young people connect and collaborate with business and the community, CIC and Greater Shepparton Foundation will provide teams with the coaching, skills and resources they need to collaborate with partners in bringing their idea to life.

3. The stories of young people and their ideas are shared widely - we all stand to benefit when young people feel confident about their futures and want to make their mark in work and community life, sharing their stories wide and far allows for local business and the community to connect to a pipeline of talented young people.

The Social Innovators program has been successfully delivered in locations across Victoria and we are proud to partner with CIC to support our young people find their voice and uncover great ideas to benefit our community.

CIC are set to commence the Social Innovators project with local schools in term 1, 2024. Anyone wanting to find out more can contact Sarah at the Crazy Ideas College via email at

We are looking forward to collaborating with CIC to ensure successful local engagement and support for the SI program. We can’t wait to see our future leaders bring their ideas to reality and establish valuable community connections for the benefit of our region.

For more information on other local projects supported by Greater Shepparton Foundation please visit the ‘Grants’ page on our website here.

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